Lola Montes launches IFFI Film Heritage Section

MUMBAI: IFFI Film Heritage Section of the 39th International Film Festival

of India (IFFI) opened with the screening of the restored version of Max Ophuls’ Lola Montes.

Highlighting the theme ‘Women,’ other films in the section are Cluny Brown (Ernst Lubitsch), Subarnarekha (Ritwik Ghatak), Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse), Loulou (Maurice Pialat), My Life to Live (Jean-Luc Godard), The Women (George Cukor) and Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk).

Cinematheque francaise director of Programming Jean-Francois Rauger while addressing the press said that the idea of cinema as an art form and the notion of preservation of this perceived “Low Culture” took some time to develop but gradually the preservation of cinema has acquired a mainstream acceptance.

Wemaere said that Lola Montes is our best ambassador. "There are many movies, which are not accessible but should be available and our endeavour is to sensitise and promote awareness among the audience and the people involved in cinema about the importance of restoring and preserving film heritage," Wemaere added.

On the theme, film director Mani Kaul said that our cultural civilisational evolution has been dominated a masculine sensibility and it will be interesting to see the changes brought about by women taking charge of the various aspects.

Under the Section, there will be a workshop on restoration project of Lola Montes and the seminar on women in cinema.

IFFI-Film Heritage Section is entirely dedicated to worldwide film heritage, representing significant cultural and historical documents as well as treasures of inspiration for future cinematic creations.

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